Chip Scoggins: Gophers need to find their long-lost confidence

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Remember when the Gophers stormed back at Indiana? That seems like a season ago now.

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groover6Feb. 25, 13 9:41 PM

It is hard to have confidence when you have little talent! Rodney W and Joe C – with the ball – 15 feet from the basket inspire little confidence.

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velmoholmFeb. 25, 1310:16 PM

Psychologist should be working with Smith rather than the team.

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goldengoph3rFeb. 25, 1311:56 PM

Great commentary, because it speaks not only of where the Gophers are now, but also of fans' ever-diminishing expectations in a season touted as a turning point for the program. Chip, after six years, we need to turn the page from discussions of RPI and SOS to talking about why we annually face the need to discuss these factors. I am a Gopher fan. I want this team to succeed. And I want Norwood Teague to be thinking about how to make the program better than it is.

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hobie2Feb. 26, 13 1:06 AM

They will have confidence when Smith does the things the team thinks is needed to win games. They will never beat any talent as long as Smith continues to create discord by undercutting the team's own choice of leader, sabotaging players, and not respecting the players... It's not like it isn't obvious... A coach gets respect because he gives respect, not because he has a plaque on his door; and a coach respects the team by treating the least of the players with respect... Smith insults the team by calling out a player for a mistake clearly caused by lack of help by other teammates, and he insults the team, the fans, and the sport by his not-so-subtle isolation of players confused by his attacks... They play like they they are coached - their coach's attitude, respect for others, and focus.

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murphydogFeb. 26, 13 7:27 AM

Yah, again, if there is ever an example of coaching inability, it was the moving of Hofarber to point. That showed a lot didn't it?

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notsidFeb. 26, 13 8:59 AM

I don't think that there is any confidence to be regained by the current squad and/or its coaches. Any confidence that they may have had from beating some respectable non-conference teams and a quick start in conference play went out the window as soon as they began to play only conference teams and realized that they were just not that good in comparison. Good teams do not lead the conference in turnovers, rank near the bottom in free throw percentage and miss so many point blank shots. Good teams are also able to better defend the three-point shot. The lack of confidence, if you will, just comes from realizing that the good conference teams are so much better man to man than they are and also that the coaches of those teams are so much better as well. The Gophers will get blown out tonight, lose on the road to Nebraska and Purdue and struggle to beat winless Penn State at home to finish 6-12 or 7-11 in conference play. That finish was so easy to predict as has been noted here all along when they got blown out, i.e. were not even competitive, against Duke in non-conference play. Duke represented a taste of the type of teams that they would have to compete with in the Big Ten and that blowout proved early on that they could not.

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kev5115Feb. 26, 13 9:07 AM

Tubby needs the psychologist alot more then the players.

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FCSandvikFeb. 26, 13 9:44 AM

Should be playing with a little anger and intensity every time out. And where's the se nior leadership. Standup already!

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hjlazniFeb. 26, 13 9:55 AM

The comments by the writer makes it clear the writer knows very little about the reasons the Gophers are not winning during the 6 years Smith is at the helm. Writers discussing terms like confidence and anger prove they are not aware of the real, basketball problems of this team; 1. not playing a true center when one is available, 2. changing players shooting mechanics, 3. not playing talented freshmen when necessary for players lacking abilities needed to win at this level. Please, StarTribune, there must be real basketball writers who understand the game who would like to write in the thirteenth largest market in the U.S.

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joe_mnFeb. 26, 1310:28 AM

Players change, team still loses? Coach remains. See the connection? New players, same coach, team still loses? Hmm.

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